Your high-tech car is putting your security at risk, a report finds

February 9, 2015, 3:23 PM UTC
Facebook from a wirelessly connected smartphone is seen on the mockup display of Valeo's Mobi/us autonomous dashboard, a concept for interacting with a self-driving car as well as with one's smartphone, January 6, 2015 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. When the car is driving in autopilot mode the driver can watch movies or surf the web on his wirelessly connected smartphone. Depending on the linked smartphone, either Chromecast, Miracast or Apple's AirPlay can be used to wirelessly display and operate the smartdevice. Mobi/us also allows the driver to switch between traditional driving and automonous driving and monitors the driver's hands and eyes to determine that the driver is ready to drive the car manually when instructed by Mobi/us to do so. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Photograph by Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Vehicles that use wireless technology have major gaps in security and customer privacy, according to a report about to be released by U.S. Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.)

According to the New York Times, the report says that the security measures used in cars are “inconsistent and haphazard.” Perhaps even more troubling is the report’s conclusion that most automakers don’t have the ability to find security breaches or respond when they happen.

“Drivers have come to rely on these new technologies, but unfortunately the automakers haven’t done their part to protect us from cyber attacks or privacy invasions,” Markey wrote in the report, according to the newspaper.

The report also found “a clear lack of appropriate security measures to protect drivers against hackers who may be able to take control of a vehicle.”

Markey’s office wrote the report after collecting data from 16 automakers: BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota (TM), Volkswagen and Volvo. Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Tesla did not respond to the information requests from Markey’s office.
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